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Register of the Morris (Bert J.) Collection, 1907-1959
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Morris (Bert J.) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1959
    Collection number: Mss290
    Extent: 6.25 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Morris (Bert J.) Collection, Mss290, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Morris, Bert Jasper (1875-1959)
    Blakeman, Edward William (1880-1963)

    corporate name

    University of the Pacific -History -Sources
    University of California, Berkeley -History -Sources
    Harvard University -History -Sources
    Methodist Church -California -History
    Methodist Church -Education -California


    Methodists -California -Intellectual life
    Methodists -California -Biography
    Students -Religious life -University of California, Berkeley
    Students -Harvard University -Counseling of
    History -Societies, etc. -California
    Manuscripts, American -California -History


    Bert Jasper Morris (1875-1959) graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University (1903), received a second A.B. from the University of California (1904), a B.D. from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley (1906), an A.M. from Harvard University (1907), and a Ph.D. from Boston University (1908). He was Professor of Philosophy and subsequently Acting President at the College of the Pacific in San Jose (1909-1918), spent two years at Harvard University with the Bureau of Vocational Guidance (1918-19), served as the Director of Religious Education and founder of the Wesley Foundation at UC Berkeley (1919-1925), was Religion and Community Editor and columnist with the Pacific Rural Press (1920s-1950s), and, pastored a church in Portola during the 1940s. Upon his retirement, Morris served as the California-Nevada Methodist Annual Conference Historical Society President (1950s).

    Scope and Content

    The items in Series 1 relate to Morris' life until his retirement in the late 1940s. The series contains correspondence and ephemera relating to his personal life (1907-1947); correspondence, ephemera and publications relating to the College of the Pacific (1909-1918) and to the Bureau of Vocational Guidance at Harvard University (1918-1919); correspondence, ephemera, photographs, reports and students lists of the University of California, Berkeley Wesley Foundation (1919-1925) and a Morris manuscript history of the Foundation, as well as pamphlets of the history of other Wesley Foundations & clippings. The items in Series 2 relate to Morris' presidency of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Historical Society during the 1950s. They consist of: correspondence, ephemera and minutes produced by the Cal-Nev Methodist Historical Society; programs and reports of the California-Nevada Conference of the Methodist Church (1948-49; 1956; 1958); and, books, bulletins, flyers, magazines, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers and photographs relating to Methodism and to other historical societies in California. Series 3 contains Morris' manuscript drafts and notes for Morris' a history of California and a history of religion in California. Series 4 consists of publications and unpublished materials by Edward Blakeman, a Methodist contemporary of Morris' and a religious educator at various universities.